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Professionalism in Context: Examples and Approaches


Speaker(s): Craig Dobson, Nathan M. Crystal
Recorded on: Jun. 12, 2020
PLI Program #: 301977

Nathan Crystal holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School), Emory Law School (where he was editor-in-chief of the law review), and Harvard Law School. Professor Crystal concentrates in the areas of professional responsibility and contract law. He is the author or coauthor of four books, three on legal ethics and one on contract law:

  • PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY – PROBLEMS OF PRACTICE AND THE PROFESSION (Wolters Kluwer 7th ed. 2019) (with Professor Grace M. Giesel)
  • AN INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY (Aspen Law & Business 1998)
  • ANNOTATED SOUTH CAROLINA RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT (S.C. Bar 2016 ed. (new edition forthcoming 2020)
  • PROBLEMS IN CONTRACT LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS (with Charles Knapp and Harry G. Prince) (9th ed. 2019)

In addition to his books, Professor Crystal has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, including the Akron Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Global Jurist, Illinois Law Review, International Litigation, Kansas Law Review, Kentucky Law Journal, Mercer Law Review, Mississippi College Law Review, Notre Dame Journal of Law Ethics and Public Policy, North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, NYU Annual Survey of American Law, Opinio Juris in Comparitone, Penn State Law Review, Saint Mary’s Law Journal, Saint Louis Law Journal, South Carolina Law Review, South Carolina Journal of International Law & Business, Wake Forest Law Review, and Washington Law Review. He authors a bimonthly column, “Ethics Watch,” for the South Carolina Lawyer. Professor Crystal lectures frequently on matters of professional ethics to national, regional, and local organizations. He has held visiting appointments and lectureships at Arkansas (Little Rock), Florida State, Hastings, Indiana (Indianapolis), Luiss (Rome), Scuola Superiore Santa’Anna (Pisa), Tanjin (China), Suffolk, Sydney (Parsons Visiting Scholar).

As a practicing lawyer, Mr. Crystal provides ethics advice to major law firms, represents lawyers in disciplinary matters, serves as an expert witness, and functions as special counsel to investigate and make recommendations on issues of contract law and professional ethics. His firm, Crystal & Giannoni-Crystal, LLC, focuses its practice on professional ethics, international transactions and immigration, and business law. For information about his firm, see www.cgcfirm.com. He and his partner, Francesca Giannoni-Crystal, are cofounders of www.technethics.com, a website devoted to issues of technology and professional ethics.

Nathan Crystal served as a member of the New York City Bar Ethics Advisory Committee from 2015-2017. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America © since 2015 in the fields of Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law.


Craig provides ethics advice to lawyers, represents lawyers in disciplinary matters, and practices immigration and nationality law at Dobson Law LLC.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Furman University and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from New England School of Law.  During law school, he received CALI awards in both the Law and Ethics of Lawyering and International Business Transactions and served as Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of International and Comparative Law.  He previously served as Georgia UPL Liaison for the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Georgia-Alabama Chapter and was appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia to serve as Chairperson of the District 1 UPL Committee for the State Bar of Georgia from 2014 to 2017.  He is currently Chair of AILA’s National Ethics Committee and also a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility’s (APRL) Cross-Border Practice Subcommittee, which is working on proposed amendments to current ABA multi-jurisdictional practice rules.  Additionally, he is a member of New York City Bar Association’s Mindfulness & Wellbeing in Law Committee, AILA’s new lawyer well-being committee, and is Co-chair of the Law Practice Management Committee for AILA New York.  Craig is also the APRL liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Public Protection in the Provision of Legal Services.  In October 2017, he became one of the first National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coaches.